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Louisiana Obesity Statistics


Louisiana obesity statistics

In 2011, Louisiana was ranked the fifth most obese state in America, and was also ranked the fifth most obese state 15 years ago.

The overall obesity rate in Louisiana is now at 31.6% of adults.

  • Combining the rates for overweight and obese adults gives a total of 66% of their total population of 4,533,372 (U. S. Census 2010), or almost 3 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes has almost doubled since 1996 to 10.7% and 32.5% of the population has hypertension.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      39.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      29.3% among Latinos, and

      28.4% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Louisiana

  • Approximately 25% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 20.7 per cent of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 250,000 young people are at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Louisiana obesity statistics are reported in F as in Fat from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.

However a local study for 2008-2009 in school based health centers found that 28.98% of the children, age 2 to 19 years, were obese, and the children had a combined rate of overweight and obesity of 47.54%.

Louisiana obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the following Louisiana parishes had obese levels over 35%: Blenville, East Carroll, Morehouse, Richland, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne Parish.

  • Parishes with the lowest levels under 30% include Bossier, Cameron, Jackson, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parish.

  • Diabetes rates were over 12% in Allen, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Iberville, Madison, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, Tensas, Terrebonne, Washington, Webster, and West Feliciana Parish. They are under 10% only in Acadia, Ascension, Jackson, Lafayette, and St. Tammany Parish.

  • Madison and Morehouse Parish are tied for the least active, and St. Tammany Parish reports the most active people.

State programs and resources for improved nutrition and exercise

  • Louisiana is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. It also has a farm to school program.

  • It is among 21 states that require BMI or body mass index screening (or another weight related measurement) for children and teens.

  • Outdoor recreation areas are available on the Mississippi River, other rivers, the bayous, the uplands, National Heritage and Historical Parks, the Sabine River (a National Wild and Scenic River), the Kisatchie National Forest, and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as state parks, city parks, and private recreational facilities.

  • Louisiana produces an abundance of fresh seafood (especially crayfish), soybeans, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy for a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available in farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course, with home gardening.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Louisiana obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force childhood programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

Louisiana also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assist managed care providers with nutritional, exercise, and tobacco prevention programs.

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